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28/05/2003 - Spain make changes to face Russia
23/05/2003 - Spain to face Poland without De la Fuente and Gens
06/05/2003 - Spain beaten again in friendly series with Brazil
05/05/2003 - Spain well beaten in first friendly match with Brazil


Spain's Pascual returns to the World League after a year's absence
Rafael Pascual (Pascual), who returns to World League after a year's
absence, is the most outstanding new addition to the 18-man squad named by Spain's national coach Francisco Hervás to prepare for the 2003 World League. Spain also hosts the finals of this prestigious annual FIVB tournament in the capital of Madrid, the native city of the Spanish captain. Pascual was not part of the Spanish team that contested the 2002 World League, although he did compete for Spain at the 2002 World Championship in Argentina later in the year. As well as Paschal, Manuel Berengue is another notable selection by Hervás. The 32-year-old libero of the club Unicaja Almeria makes his first appearance in the national jersey. Five times Spanish Beach Volley champion, Berenguel is very well known in Spanish Volleyball circles. more
Story by Elvira Atanes Sanchez, Madrid : Pic Pascual spiking against Russian block at 2002 World Championship 

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Spain -Pool A (Scroll down for Spanish)
The Spanish national team made their first significant international appearances relatively late, emerging in the 1980s to participate in the European Championships in 1981, 1985 and 1987 and finishing 12th at all three tournaments. But it was the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, which finally provided a major boost for the sport in this country. The best Spanish players had undergone intense preparation in a training camp in the city of Granada and their efforts were finally rewarded when they finished a very creditable eighth. The team scored a similar success at the 2000 Sydney Olympics where they slipped into the top ten finishers at place nine. Spain made their first appearance at the World Championship in 1998 in Japan and finished eighth, but they slipped back to 13th position at last year's World Championship in Argentina. Since 1995, Spain has been a regular member of the World League family, a sign of recognition that the country belongs to the sport's leaders, and that their national team is more than up to the task of competing with the world elite. Spain were unlucky not to make it to the 2001 finals despite five wins in the preliminaries but last year they finally delivered. The Spaniards advanced comfortably to the finals and although they were missing their star player Raphael Pascual, they were elevated to a giant killer status when they pulled off a resounding victory over the ultimate winners Russia, and set them on the brink of possible relegation from the final four. This year, the World League finals will be held in Madrid, an occasion that the Spaniards will surely want to make the best of and to show their home crowd the finest side of the national team. Spain, currently ninth at the FIVB World ranking, will start the elite competition in Pool A, together with Russia, Poland and Venezuela, but as host to the final round, are guaranteed a place in the final eight. 

The squad: Alfonso Flores (Numancia Caja Duero), Jordi Gens (Niza, FRA) and Cosme Prenafeta (Unicaja Almería) Rafael Pascual (Perugia, ITA), Luis Pedro Suela and José Antonio Casilla (Unicaja Almería), Juan Carlos Vega (Festival Park), Manuel Sevillano (Numancia Caja Duero) and Kike de la Fuente (Piacenza, ITA), Gustavo Saucedo (Niza, FRA), Guillermo Falasca (Knack Roeselare, BEL) and Rubén Antequera (Park-Ky Menem, BEL) David Sánchez (PTV Málaga), Carlos Carreño and Juanjo Salvador (Unicaja Almería), José Luis Moltó (Kanck Roeselare, BEL), Manuel Berenguel (Unicaja Almería) and Alexis Valido (Friedrichshafen, GER). 
 

Prize Money
Spain Total Prize money US$
4 741 700
Overall Standings for Spain
World League Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
8 104 41 63 39.4

España - Spanish
La escuadra nacional española hizo su primera aparición significativa a nivel internacional relativamente tarde, emergiendo en la década de los ochentas para participar en los Campeonatos Europeos en 1981, 1985 y 1985 terminando en el puesto 12 en los tres torneos. Pero fue en los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona 1992 cuando finalmente dio un gran salto para el deporte en su país. Los mejores voleibolistas españoles realizaron una intensa preparación en un campo de entrenamientos en la ciudad de Granada, y sus esfuerzos fueron finalmente premiados cuando obtuvieron un meritorio octavo lugar. El equipo consiguió un éxito similar en los Juegos Olímpicos de Sydney 2000 donde se colaron dentro de los diez mejores con la novena posición. España hizo su primera aparición en el Campeonato Mundial de 1998 en Japón y terminó en octavo puesto, pero retrocedió a la ubicación 13 en el último Campeonato Mundial de Argentina. Desde 1995, España ha sido un miembro regular de la familia de la Liga Mundial, reconocimiento de que este país pertenece al grupo de líderes del deporte, y que el equipo nacional puede hacer mucho más que cumplir con la tarea de competir con la élite mundial. España fue desafortunado al no llegar a la final de la Liga Mundial 2001, pese a sus cinco victorias en la fase preliminar, pero el año pasado finalmente lo logró. Los españoles avanzaron cómodamente a la final, y pese a no contar con su estrella Rafael Pascual, se elevaron al status gigante de matador cuando alcanzaron una resonante victoria sobre los poderosos rusos, dejándolos al borde de la eliminación. Este año la final de la Liga Mundial se realizará en Madrid, ocasión que seguramente los españoles aprovecharán para llevar a cabo una campaña sobresaliente y darse íntegros ante su hinchada en casa. España, actualmente noveno en el ranking mundial de la FIVB, iniciará su actuación en la Liga Mundial en la Serie A, al lado de Rusia, Polonia y Venezuela, pero como anfitrión de la final, tiene garantizado un lugar entre los ocho mejores.